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February 20, 2015 Updates

Another one of the club’s free agents to be is veteran sharpshooter Dorell Wright. The 11th-year pro doesn’t get the publicity of his higher profile free agent-to-be teammates set to enter the open market, but Wright is a well respected locker room presence and a key part of the Blazers’ chemistry. Wright, 29, understands guys like Aldridge, Matthews and Lopez will be taken care of by the organization financially first this summer. But the forward would love to remain in Portland long term and is hoping things work out in his favor. “Portland is definitely where I want to be,” Wright told Basketball Insiders on his free agency plans this summer. “It’s always good to be in a system and know it from A to Z. It’s kind of hard because when I left Miami and went to those different teams for one year or two years, it was just difficult learning new systems and getting to know different guys and new personnel. So I’m really comfortable here in Portland. If it happens, it happens. We have a lot of free agents this summer. Of course the front office is going to take care of our big dogs first and then the discussions will trickle down to everybody else. But, yes, hopefully this situation works out. If not, it’s just part of the business. I’m ready for whatever is ahead of me.” Basketball Insiders

Dr. Larry Lewman of the Oregon state medical examiner's office said retired Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey died when a blood clot broke loose from his left calf, traveled to his lungs and caused a pulmonary thromboembolism. "When a clot gets to the lung it seeks a vessel of the same size and they plug up,'' said Lewman, deputy state medical examiner. He conducted the autopsy on Kersey's body Thursday morning. Oregonian

Saying he was “shocked” to learn of the death of former NBA forward Jerome Kersey, coach Gregg Popovich remembered the one-time Spur as “a warrior” who was instrumental in helping establish the team’s culture of professionalism. Kersey, a member of the Spurs’ first NBA championship team in 1999, died Wednesday at 52 of pulmonary thromboembolism related to a blood clot in his lung. “For us, he was a warrior,” Popovich said before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. “He shot it pretty good, he was a decent scorer, but mostly he was a heck of a teammate. He was a rough-and-tumble guy on the court. He gave every body confidence with his physicality. He was something else.” San Antonio Express-News

“I was absolutely floored when I heard it,” Duncan said after Friday’s game. “I can’t believe it. I talked to him the last time we were in Portland, had a good 5 of 10 minute conversation, just talked to him. It was good to see him and good to see him back with the Blazers. He was a veteran who brought a real energy to our team, and helped us get a championship. It’s unbelievable at that age that you’d hear that he’d die.” San Antonio Express-News

February 19, 2015 Updates

The greatest No. 25 in Trail Blazers history left us Wednesday night, Jerome Kersey succumbing to a blood clot that traveled into his lung, and when news reach Steve Blake, the sadness went a little deeper, and had a little more meaning. Blake, the Trail Blazers top reserve, felt a special connection with Kersey that none of us can imagine. Blake, you see, wears the No. 25 that Kersey made so famous in Rip City. "It was always an honor to wear that number, knowing what he meant to the organization and the fans here,'' Blake said. Oregonian

By the time practice had ended, the word had come in: The NBA is allowing Blake to switch jerseys. Starting with Friday's game in Utah, Blake will now wear No. 5. Oregonian

Will Barton: Just wanna thank the @trailblazers for taking a chance on me by drafting me and giving me an opportunity to be apart of a great organization. Gonna miss everyone that is apart of the organization, coaches, teammates, & most importantly some of the greatest fans in the world. It was a great run. The memories will last forever. Good bye #RipCity. Sincerely, The People's Champ! Mad love forever! Instagram

Portland Trailblazers legend Jerome Kersey died as a result of a blood clot that formed in his calf ... and broke off ... clogging his lungs ... TMZ Sports has learned. The 52-year-old -- who spent 17 seasons in the NBA -- died last night in Oregon ... and now the pathologist who conducted the autopsy tells us the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Dr. Larry Lewman tells TMZ Sports ... " There was a blood clot in his left calf that broke loose and traveled to his lungs and clogged both his pulmonary arteries." TMZ.com


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